Historical Fiction

The Wild Princess

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Wild Princess: A Novel of Queen Victoria's Defiant Daughter
By Mary Hart Perry

I came across a review of this book on another blog and was intrigued, plus this is how the book was hyped on Mary Hart Perry's page:
Fact: In 1871, Princess Louise (Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s fourth daughter) had a reputation for being the “wild child” of the family. She insisted upon mixing socially with commoners and being trained in London as a professional artist at a time when girls were denied the same education as boys. The nerve of her! 
So…what is a princess to do when she longs to break out of Buckingham Palace and follow her dream—but her mother marries her off to a man who can’t return her love?

Five Minute Fridays

Five Minute Fridays

Friday, November 23, 2012

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving, or at least had time to spend with family and friends if you do not celebrate this holiday, yesterday.  I was blessed to have time to spend with family, catch up on lives and enjoy the entertainment that two young kids provide.

And now I am stealing away for a few to share my thoughts for five minutes... wanna join?

Five Minute Friday

Thank You

How do you really say Thank You to people today? Those words are used all the time, and I think they should be used all the time.

I mean I expect my son to say thank you when I give him a drink, or when someone picks up a toy he dropped. Most of the time he does, and for that I am grateful!

But then there are times when we want to say thank you to someone because we are truly thankful and grateful with every fiber of our being, and those two little words just seem like not enough...

Like the text message you get out of the blue that lifts you right out of your doldrums

Or the card in the mail that shows the love of friend who is thinking of you

Or the dinner someone makes for you because they know you are living through some extra challenging times

Or because the time someone spent listening to you talk was the best gift in the entire world

Or when you receive a gift that will trump all other gifts forever because it is forever

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How do you say Thank You for such things?

Until I find the answer, I am just going to use these two small words - Thank You - and allow those feelings of thankfulness and gratitude fill me up. And maybe the recipient of my Thank You will realize my gratitude is real, and not just a rote response ingrained from loving parents who  knew the importance of manners.

Linked with: http://www.simplyhelpinghim.com/2012/11/28/iam/

Book review

Act as if...

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Act as if...
By Holly Boyd

The idea of acting one way even if we don't feel like it isn't a new one. Yet when this ebook went on a special I thought it would be worth a shot.

Holly Boyd, a professional organizer, shares her belief that with purposeful placement we can live the life we want.


Weekly Favorites #4

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

There was a time in my life when I had time to make lots of crafts and decorate my home. Now it's filled with the job of motherhood. However I find myself drawn to great crafts to make my house more homey often. Here's one that caught my eye this week - wish I had the time to make it... maybe soon...

Holiday craft

It never fails that every week I come across a post that speaks to me where I am in that moment. This past week Tracy at My Daily Walk in His Grace, hit the nail on the head for me. Her small musing over God's refuge for us and His perfect timing and how we must continue to turn to him for such a rest was truly perfect timing.
A place to rest

I try every day to say prayers for my kids - two boys who are extremely spirited and full of loving energy. There are many days when I just don't know what to pray and turn to scripture prayers for guidance. Thankfully Jenni shared a great guest post from Jenna on just this topic!  Again what perfect timing.

Spirited Child Scriptures

And who couldn't use more encouragement every week? Joy put together a great post full of her thoughts on how “He leads me in the paths of righteousness.” Psalm 23:3. Her thoughts are personal and yet resonate with me as well. I hope you can find some wisdom from her prayers and His Words, as I did.
Soothing Encouragement

There were some of personal favorites this week. I hope you enjoy them. If you found some great posts this week I'd love to know about them - just leave a message with a link in the comments!



Wednesday, November 14, 2012

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Unglued: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Raw Emotions
By Lysa TerKeurst

This book has so much in it, I could write and write for days. However, I'll try to keep it short.


Weekly Favorites #3

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Here's to another week of great information gained from some super smart bloggers!

I don't know about you, but I learn so much from other bloggers, and this tutorial on how to make printables is great.

How-to: make your own printable to share!

Does your spouse snore? I am one of those that often finds myself laying awake in the middle of the night as the melody of my husband's snores fill the room.

Snoring spouse prayer- so helpful - glad others are praying for us.

I am interested in this book as the job of building my children's faith seems overwhelming most days. Any tips might be helpful.


With the colder weather upon us (well those of us living up north!) I am on the prowl for activities to keep my super active little boys busy during the day. Building a fort that can move to different rooms sounds like a great idea. Plus the instructions seem extremely straight forward and this project will be free!


And because I have so much time to spend on making crafts for myself I want to make this. Probably because these bracelets are never small enough for my child-sized wrists. At least now I have instructions for when time suddenly pops up on my schedule.

Craft for mama

What are some of the great posts you came across this week?  I'd love to see your favorites

Five Minute Fridays

Five Minute Friday: Quiet

Friday, November 09, 2012

Another Friday, another day of writing for five minutes just to release. 

Five Minute Friday
Join the fun!


I am not completely sure I know what quiet sounds like.

My days are full of noise: little boy talking at their wonderfully loud voices, music played in an effort to lessen the level of noise from said boys, then of course the moments of conversations with adults...

Even outside there isn't quiet: cars racing by, trains chugging to different destinations, birds singing, wind blowing through bare tree limbs.

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And of course in a rare moment when these noises aren't happening, my thoughts fill my mind!  Thoughts about which chore must get done today, and then which one needs done first. Or thoughts about friends, and the stories they have shared with me. Thoughts about the future and how I can help my kids grow into the unknown the future holds for them. 

But then again I'm not sure I would want it to be really quiet all the time. I would miss the screams, the music, the cars and trains, the birds, and all the other little things that prove that life is going on around me. And that I am not the only one in this world.

Amy McCready

Positive Parenting Solutions

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Recently I found the time to take part in a free webinar called Get Kids to Listen without Nagging, Reminding, or Yelling. To be honest I signed up because it was free and I crossed my fingers that there would be some great secret, because I feel like I spend day after day nagging, reminding and yelling!


Weekly Reads #2

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

This past week was crazy busy for me, which was a suprise because I didn't go many places like usual. Yet there are always a million things to get done, right?

I loved seeing what others were up to and thinking. It helps so much to remember we aren't the only ones - perspective!

So here are some of my favorites from the past week.

"Having made my peace (mostly) with the reality that giving my children time is a part of serving them, I was able to relax and open myself to the joys of being with them." This quote from Sally at I Take Joy really struck me. Sure I've heard such sentiments before, but for some reason this one reached out and grabbed me. 

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This post from Adelle at The MOB Society was perfect for me this week. I've just started to realize how hard it is to be the mommy who gets just a sentence from her son's teacher each time I pick him up, and usually it's about how he was too energetic. So if you're a mama who is trying to learn how to interact with teachers, this might speak to you as well.

Songs always speak to me - there is something so great about a well written song. Just another form of expression of our hearts!  Davonne shared one of my favorites - so please enjoy!

And in case you enjoyed the post from last week, about each person's perspective of Jesus, this might be a fun read.
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Please feel free to leave a link to your favorite post from the week in my comments, I'd love to see what you are all enjoying.

Election day

Election Day Quote

Monday, November 05, 2012

I'm tired of hearing it said that 
democracy doesn't work. 
Of course it doesn't work. 
We're supposed to work it. 

Ashley Ditto

Feature Blog

Saturday, November 03, 2012

I'd like to introduce you to this month's feature blog. The blogging community is so great, and I love to share some of my personal favorites with you. So please check out my friend Ashley's blog sometime this month!

Five Minute Fridays

Five Minute Fridays: Roots

Friday, November 02, 2012

What a week - I know I don't have to convince anyone that I am glad it is just about the weekend because I'm sure everyone is glad to have this week behind them.

And now time for five minutes of writing in an attempt to release my thoughts and words that are kept quiet during the week - the freedom to write that Five Minute Fridays provides, without worrying about being politically and grammatically correct - just let those thoughts and words out - such a gift.

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